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DAWN Training Institute 2016

DAWN is excited to announce the forthcoming 5th DAWN Training Institute (DTI) for young feminists working for gender, economic, political and ecological justice. The DTI is meant for young women from the South.

THE 5TH DAWN Training Institute is planned to be held in

Havana, Cuba from 21 Nov to 7 Dec 2016.

The DAWN Training Institute, a three-week intensive training programme for young feminist activists and advocates was launched in 2002. The programme draws on DAWN’s feminist analysis which interlinks issues under the themes of Political Economy of Globalisation (PEG), Political Ecology and Sustainability (PEAS), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), and Political Restructuring and Social Transformation (PRST). Its contents also reflect the network’s considerable experience in UN conference processes and other sites of engagement and struggle, including the global civil society movement against neoliberal economic globalisation, as well as regional, sub-regional and national processes. 

DAWN has described the first decade of the 21st century as the painful birthing of a “fierce new world” in light of the paradigmatic shifts induced by a run-away neoliberal globalization; a militarized and financialized political economy; a crisis in climate and other natural systems; a deepening food crisis; an energy crisis from fossil-fuel dependence; the decline of the nation-state and the reconfiguration of the geopolitical context.

These crises have generated heated debates on the restructuring of global governance. Pressures to respond to these challenges in all their complexities have come to preoccupy sovereign nations and the peoples they govern. At the same time, these nations and peoples struggle to uphold values associated with sustainable livelihoods, poverty eradication, human rights promotion, freedom of expression and mobility, respect for identity and sexuality.

DAWN recognizes this developing multilateral terrain as part of a fierce new world that is replete with complicated contradictions, serious fractures, severe backlash, broken promises, and uncertain outcomes for the world’s women, especially women from the economic South. There is an urgent need for women’s and civil society organizations to critically engage with these debates and advocate strongly for a world where economic, political and ecological justice are firmly embedded in gender justice.

This 5th DTI will particularly focus on ways forward to implementation and accountability of the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

We are accepting online applications at

If you have a serious problem of limited internet availability, you may download a Word version of the application form from the above link and send your form to

Applications deadline is December 1, 2015.

Successful applicants will be informed in April 2016.

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